fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \

Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being ferocious the ferocity of the lion's attack

Examples of ferocity in a Sentence

the ferocity of the lion's attack We were stunned by the ferocity of the storm.
Recent Examples on the Web The confrontations lasted for several more days with the crowds growing in size and ferocity. Michael Crawford, Wired, 10 June 2021 Or what about state Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan (Richmond), a corporate lawyer (that ferocity) who has served in the state legislature for years? Washington Post, 10 June 2021 But the ferocity with which the oil and manufacturing firms attacked the capacity market proposal effectively sidelined the issue of substantive change in the Texas power market to improve resilience. James Osborne, San Antonio Express-News, 29 May 2021 The Dunk itself, with its suddenness and power and awestriking ferocity. Dallas News, 24 May 2021 Fear, ferocity, arousal, and rest were their basic moods. Luis E. Romero, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 So, if either Israel’s leaders or those of Hamas think that their action would prevent future attacks by the enemy, this ferocity might make sense – regardless of its morality. Boaz Atzili, The Conversation, 18 May 2021 The humiliation of the nudity clashes with the ferocity in their eyes, which suggest an inner defiance, pride, strength. New York Times, 5 May 2021 Davis shows us the pain and pride fueling the ferocity. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ferocity

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ferocity was in 1606

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18 Jun 2021

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“Ferocity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferocity. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ferocity

: a very fierce or violent quality : the quality or state of being ferocious


fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \
plural ferocities

Kids Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being fierce or savage


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